The Shell companies in Kuwait, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and the Energy Center for Engineering Consultancy, today held the first Pre-Engineering Design Competition. This new prestigious engineering competition for high schools was launched earlier in October last year.
During the competition, held at the Safir Hotel at Fintas, 23 school teams showed off their designs for a catapult. The panel of judges marked the designs on features such as power, strength and energy as well as other engineering aspects. Three winning teams will be announced in a ceremony on Tuesday, 22 February 2010. Each winning team will receive a valuable cash award, and the overall winning team will also receive a trophy for each team member for the best overall creative design.
Commenting on the competition, Shell’s chairman in Kuwait, Mr. Ahmed Mouti said: “The Pre-Engineering Design Competition is a new initiative to attract students to practice engineering concepts in a fun way. Students got to utilize their skills to work effectively as a team, build on the catapult design concept, create it and execute it under supervision from the competition advisors who volunteered at each participating high school”.
“We wanted to help students in developing their confidence, as well as providing encouragement to consider pursuing careers in engineering. We believe that this competition has succeeded in achieving objectives and we are already looking forward to repeating it later in the year.
“We would like to express our appreciation to the minister of Education Dr. Moudhi Al-Homoud and Engineer Waleed Al-Khamis, Head of the Competition Organizing Committee, who have both helped in making this project a reality in Kuwait.
The winning teams will be announced at a special ceremony at the Safir Hotel, Fintas on Tuesday 22 February, under the patronage of the Minister of Education and senior representatives from Shell, Ministry of Education and Energy Center for Engineering Consultancy.